A 94-year-old man "had his trust in people destroyed" after he was scammed out of more than £1,000.

The pensioner received a phone call at around 12.05pm on Thursday, February 27, from a fraudster posing as a bank worker.

The conman told his victim there was an issue with his bank card, before a courier wearing a high visibility jacket visited his home, in Basildon, just ten minutes later.

He took the victim's bank card, replacing it with an envelope containing an old, inactive card.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Suspects were able to then successfully withdraw a four-figure sum of cash

The victim's son, who asked not to be named, said: "My father is an intelligent person and he is frustrated that this happened to him.

"He has since been feeling poorly, he has had falls at home and he is distressed.

"His trust in people has now been destroyed and he is more wary in this community.

"I do not want this to happen to any other vulnerable person and I'd urge people to please call police with information."

Anyone with information should call Basildon police station on 101 quoting crime reference 42/32197/20, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.